A few weeks ago ( maybe a month or more now ) I was given a Sweet Potato that had unexpectedly begun to sprout. As I contemplated what I was going to do with this new find, I found myself thinking back to my last gardening attempt the year before. I had gotten a super late start ( near the end of fall ), so almost everything I planted died off after a few weeks. I was able to bring a few plants indoors that survived, but the rest didn’t make it. It was my first attempt at gardening, but that’s for another post…
As sad as that was I knew definitely wanted to do more and spent the winter waiting and thinking about what I was going to do. So I was extremely excited when I realized this year I’d be starting off just in time and with and unexpected plant at that! I’m highly excited to see what I can grow indoors / on my patio and the Sweet Potato plant is the first of many I’ll try my hand at this year.
As I mentioned, the Sweet Potato I had was already sprouting, but I figured I’d still set it up to sprout more. It’s very simple to start. If you’re interested in starting some yourself, below is what you’ll need and the steps to get going:
What you’ll need:
- A Sweet Potato of choice
- A Jar
- Tooth Picks or Skewers
How to get started:
- Cut the Sweet Potato in half.
- Stick a few tooth picks or skewers into each half ( about mid way through ).
- Place the Sweet Potato into a jar filled with enough water to submerge the bottom half.
- Place in a windowsill ( or under a light ) and add water as needed.
You’ll start to get sprouts in a few days to a week depending on how much light / warmth your potato gets. As you can see, my 2 halves act as before and after pictures. In reality, one side got started before the other. I’ll keep you posted on how they progress!